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A third surge in Illinois? It’s a race between COVID-19 vaccinations and variants, and experts are concerned

For the first time in months, COVID-19 cases are climbing again in Illinois. So is the percent of tests coming back positive. So are hospitalizations. All as vaccines are injected into tens of thousands of Illinoisans a day.

Joe Mahr Rise in COVID-19 cases could be early sign of ‘a possible resurgence’ as state says local health departments with waning vaccination demand can expand eligibility

Illinois is authorizing local health departments that have seen waning demand for coronavirus vaccinations to begin inoculating anyone 16 and older, the state Department of Public Health said Friday.

Mayor Lori Lightfoot earned more than $350K from law firm during first year in office, tax return shows

Mayor Lori Lightfoot reported making $497,000 in 2019, her first year in office, according to a tax return released by the mayor’s office. Lightfoot, who took office on May 20 that year, made $111,120 in city wages for the portion of the year she was mayor and $352,645 from Mayer Brown, her former law firm, the return shows.

Gregory Pratt 24 corned beef sandwiches you have to try in Chicago and the suburbs

The area’s Jewish delis and other sandwich masters have been churning out first-rate corned beef sandwiches for decades. Here are our favorites.

Louisa Chu Professional basketball player Brandon Paul buys $830K penthouse condo on Near South Side

Professional basketball player Brandon Paul, who starred at the University of Illinois and then played briefly for the San Antonio Spurs, recently paid $830,000 for a three-bedroom, 2,988-square-foot penthouse condominium in the Prairie District area on the Near South Side.

Best Pixar films, according to critics

Stacker ranked every Pixar film according to its critical reception, as represented through its Metascore. Ties were broken by IMDb user ratings.

By Jacob Osborn, Stacker

Sep 15, 2020

How to try to get a COVID-19 vaccine in Chicago

Demand for COVID-19 vaccines still outpaces availability. Here’s how to try to get a coronavirus vaccine in Chicago.

Here are some of the celebrities and newsmakers who died in 2021.

Column: Biden oblivious to irony over autocracy at his own news conference

So what did we learn from President Joe Biden’s long-delayed first news conference on Thursday?

John Kass Column: Biden refuses to play into the Fox News narrative, and it’s making me and Sean Hannity FURIOUS!

President Joe Biden’s Thursday news conference was a perfect example of his stubborn and un-American refusal to behave in a way that matches the Fox News narrative I have been receiving.

Rex Huppke Column: Sorry, Mr. Smith, but I, too, have turned against the filibuster

Columnist Clarence Page on his waning support of the filibuster: I still believe that our democratic republic works best when lawmakers from both parties find ways to compromise and meet somewhere in the happy middle for the benefit of all Americans. Ah, yes, I have a dream. But reality keeps getting in the way.

Clarence Page Column: Oh man! Chicago’s already 50 years late in dumping ‘alderman’ and making City Council titles gender neutral.

Yes, it will be difficult to start using ‘alder’ instead of ‘alderman’ when referring to members of the Chicago City Council. But the change is long overdue, and columnist Eric Zorn argues that we will adapt.

Eric Zorn

  • Ask Amy: One brother gets the samovar, the other – bupkis

    Dear Amy: I need some help countering favoritism in my in-law family.

    Amy Dickinson

Fiercely proud of their home, residents of the Southeast Side — long a toxic dumping ground — are rising up against polluters

The Southeast Side remains home to various industries that produce waste materials affecting the area’s air, land and water.

William Lee Chicago man sues city over ongoing claim of mistaken identity, alleging he’s been detained by police more than 60 times in 15 years

A Chicago man has filed a federal lawsuit alleging Chicago police have detained him more than 60 times in the past 15 years because he has the same name and birth date as someone with a downstate arrest warrant.

What is a vaccine passport and will you need one to travel?

As more travelers venture out, industry trade groups, airlines and other organizations are developing apps to make it easier to navigate rules around COVID-19 testing and vaccination. Here’s what you need to know about so-called vaccine passports.

Flashback: A battle on skates: A look back in photos at roller derby and its Chicago Coliseum days

Roller derby as we know it today got its start at the Chicago Coliseum with a cross-country event in 1935. Over subsequent decades, the sport brought thrills, spills and chills to audiences. Today, a feminist take on roller derby has allowed it to thrive once again.

Colleen Kujawa

  • I knew Ramona Quimby. With any luck, you did too.

    A salute to children’s author Beverly Cleary, creator of unforgettable characters such as Ramona Quimby. Cleary died Thursday at age 104.

    Nara Schoenberg

  • The boom and bust of TikTok Artists

    Move over, Instagram. TikTok is wooing viewers in droves. Most galleries have shown little interest in finding their next big star there, and critics have eschewed its surfeit of amateurish neon-pop paintings that are more like street art.

  • Biden assails Georgia voting law as ‘Jim Crow in the 21st Century’; Democrats seize on new state restrictions to fuel federal election overhaul

    The emerging brawl over the politics and policy of voting access is swelling like nothing seen in recent years.

  • After 60-year-old Vietnamese American man is attacked from behind in Chicago’s Uptown, daughter says: ‘I don’t think that we should keep silent’

    When Kaylee Cong’s father told her that a man punched him from behind last Saturday evening in the Uptown neighborhood, she wondered whether there were other Asian Americans in Chicago with similar stories of violence against them. Cong said her 60-year-old father waited until the next morning to tell her about why his head throbbed because his generation was accustomed to staying silent about such struggles. She felt differently and on Sunday filed a Chicago police report on his behalf that a spokesman told the Tribune was “under investigation.” Later that week, she also posted his account on her nail salon’s Instagram account with the hashtag “#stopasianhate,” a slogan that many in the Asian American community and beyond have posted in response to a recent reported wave of violence and racism against them in the U.S.

  • Zach LaVine will play alongside an All-Star for the first time in his career — and he’s excited to see how the Chicago Bulls transform with Nikola Vucevic

    While Zach LaVine was sad to see teammates traded, he couldn’t contain his excitement when asked about being paired with Nikola Vucevic, another All-Star with elite talent.

    Jamal Collier

  • What does Georgia’s new GOP-sponsored election law do?

    The sweeping rewrite of Georgia’s election rules represents the first big set of changes since former President Donald Trump’s repeated, baseless claims of fraud following his presidential loss to Joe Biden.

    By BEN NADLER and JEFF AMY

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  • Cook County pet owners warned to stay alert during coyote mating season

    Cook County pet owners, beware: the coyotes are getting frisky. The canines have been spotted throughout the county as their mating and birthing season is slated to last until the end of May, according to a Friday Cook County Department of Animal and Rabies Control news release. This poses a problem for dog and cat owners as the more territorial animal stakes out places to give birth.

  • Beverly Cleary, beloved children’s author, dies at 104

    Beloved children’s author Beverly Cleary, whose characters Ramona Quimby and Henry Huggins enthralled generations of youngsters, has died. She was 104.

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  • Waukegan police said Friday that two men are now in custody, charged in the August slaying of a Chicago man whose body was found at a Waukegan motel.

  • 2 charged in fatal shooting outside Bridgeview secretary of state’s office brought along boy, 6, during attack thwarted by failed Tesla carjacking, prosecutors say

    Two men have been charged with murder in a killing Wednesday afternoon outside an Illinois secretary of state’s driver facility in Bridgeview, authorities said Friday.

  • Coronavirus in Illinois updates: As experts worry about 3rd surge, state says health departments with waning demand can vaccinate anyone 16 and over; 3,002 new cases and 33 more deaths reported

    Here are the latest updates on the coronavirus in the Chicago area and the rest of Illinois.

  • Biden invites Russia, China to first global climate talks

    President Joe Biden is including rivals Vladimir Putin of Russia and Xi Jinping of China among the invitees to the first big climate talks of his administration.

    By ELLEN KNICKMEYER and SETH BORENSTEIN

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